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Poster: mdg Date: Jun 7, 2004 11:55am
Forum: presidential_recordings Subject: Suggested Recordings

In late September of 1962 James Meredith became the first African-American to enroll at the University of Mississippi. On the evening of September 30th, Meredith was holed up on the campus protected by federal agents, surrounded by a hostile crowd opposed to integration.

I have added JFK's Dictabelt Recording Tape A to the spotlight. Tracks 4A.1 through 4J.2 (you will have to continue on to Tape B) cover the Mississippi Crisis of 1962. These recordings are telephone conversations. Some of the best exchanges are between Kennedy and Ross Barnett (Governor of Mississippi) during the crisis. 4E.1, 4F.1, 4F.4, and 4F.5 are especially interesting.

For full coverage of this event, also listen to Meeting tapes 26 and 26a. These tapes are the recordings of the Oval Office as Kennedy and his advisers deal with the crisis. Throughout the meeting, Kennedy will make phone calls (which are the dictabelt recordings).